Disability Rights Lawyer and Author Lainey Feingold Joins the Board of Directors of Teach Access

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Lainey Feingold, a disability rights lawyer and internationally recognized expert in the field of digital accessibility, joined the Board of Directors for Teach Access, a nonprofit dedicated to equipping learners to build toward an inclusive world. 

Feingold is known for developing a negotiation strategy called "Structured Negotiation." The method avoids the need for lawsuits, can make lawsuits less adversarial, and helps parties resolve disputes collaboratively and cost-effectively. Her book about the process is Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits (2d edition 2021).

Feingold used Structured Negotiation to help negotiate the first web accessibility agreement in the United States in 2000. Along with her clients and co-counsel, she went on to negotiate numerous landmark cases that have led to increased accessibility of websites, mobile apps, prescription labels, and other digital technology for people with disabilities. 

In 2017 Feingold was selected as an American Bar Association Legal Rebel - a group of "innovators who are remaking the legal profession" and has been recognized twice with a  California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award (in 2000 and 2014). She is a sought-after public speaker on topics of digital accessibility and collaborative problem-solving.

Feingold believes digital accessibility is a civil right, an essential aspect of privacy and security for people with disabilities, and a key component to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. She is thrilled to join the Teach Access Board of Directors:  

"Teach Access fills a crucial need to educate students about why accessibility matters and to give new generations accessibility skills as they enter the workforce. As a non-profit collaborating with education, industry, and disability advocacy organizations, Teach Access has an important role to play in ensuring that technology products and services are born accessible. I'm honored to serve on its Board of Directors with other leaders in the accessibility space."

Teach Access' full board of directors includes Laura Allen, Board Chair and Head of Strategy & Programs for Accessibility & Disability Inclusion at Google; Yasmine Elglaly, Secretary and Assistant Professor of Computer Science (CS) at Western Washington University; Sean Kegan, Treasurer and Director of the Office of Digital Accessibility at Stanford University; Meenakshi 'Meena' Das, Software Engineer at Microsoft; Reginé Gilbert, User Experience Designer, Educator, and Author; Larry Goldberg, a leading accessible media and technology expert and consultant; and Jeff Wieland, Social Impact at Meta. 

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About Teach Access: Teach Access is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization collaborating with education, industry, and disability advocacy organizations to address the critical need to enhance students' understanding of digital accessibility as they learn to design, develop, and build new technologies with the needs of people with disabilities in mind. Teach Access envisions a fully accessible future in which students enter the workforce with knowledge of the needs of people with disabilities and skills in the principles of accessible design and development, such that technology products and services are born accessible.

Source: Teach Access